Inspection soon, major or minor problems in foundation?


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Old 03-30-15, 06:44 PM
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Inspection soon, major or minor problems in foundation?

I have a home inspection soon (1-3 days) and I know of some problems in the homes foundation.

I'm not sure if they're common and minor or they're major.

There is one crack on the corner of the house which is about 1/16".

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There is also a gap under the porch, it looks like the mortar may have washed off with time.

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Finally, there are some signs of water entry on the foundation wall. I have never seen physical water dripping down the wall, nor has it ever felt moist or damp, or has water pooled on the bottom. The floor joists on top also have no signs of mould or rot.

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The house is 15 years old. Like I said, in the 12 years I have lived here I haven't witnessed any water entry or mould growth (Knock on wood).
 
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Old 03-31-15, 03:35 AM
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What type of inspection? are you selling the house?
I'd remove all the caulking and fill the cracks with mortar. Some of the others might have better ideas.
 
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I'm not a concrete or masonry specialist, just a Real Estate Broker; but I have arranged and participated in hundreds of Home Inspections.

If this is for a Sale, and the Buyers have already seen the property . . . . then I wouldn't change a thing since the last time they visited.

Making changes now can only give the appearance of your trying to cover something up, and calling into question everything else.

If that is just settling, and the house is only 15 years old, how much of it was present already when you bought it ?

Old cracks don't bother me much . . . . but current active movement is going to be a cause for concern.

Is everything still plumb ?
 
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I agree with Vermont. Leave well enough alone and let the inspector decide if something must be repaired.
 
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From what I can remember none of this was there when we moved in. I could very well be wrong, I was only 9 at the time. Other than that, everything is still plumb.
 
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Yes the inspection is one of the conditions to sell the house. I too was thinking about filling the cracks with mortar but I know the inspector will tell because of a colour difference.
 
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Is there a buyer who has already seen the house or is this a preemptive measure?
 
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Buyer has already seen the house. Should I just forget it and hope for the best?
 
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YES! See my my previous post and Vermont's.
 
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Ya, as the others have said, wait and see what the inspector says as the buyer is already aware of the cracks. The inspector will flag it but he may have suggestions as what needs to be done. Better to repair per his recommendation than patch and it not have his approval.
 
 

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